Quarantine and isolation are public health strategies that are used to stop or drastically slow the spread of an infectious or contagious disease. As an off-campus student, you are also considered a resident of the City of Tacoma and Pierce County. We highly encourage you to be cautious and considerate of the quarantine and isolation protocol recommended by both CHWS and the Pierce County Health Department. Thank you for helping keep the Tacoma community safe by reducing the spread of COVID-19.
Students will need to enter quarantine when they have come in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. If you choose to remain in your off-campus housing while in quarantine you must assume that you could possibly infect others with COVID-19 and therefore limit contact as much as possible. In order to control the transmission of COVID-19, the quarantine period lasts for 14 days. During this time, you will monitor yourself for symptoms and retest for the virus. If you develop COVID-19 symptoms during this time, you must notify Counseling, Health, and Wellness Services immediately. At the end of 14 days, if you remain symptom-free and have tested negative for COVID-19, your quarantine period will end.
Students who have tested positive for COVID-19 must isolate until they are no longer contagious. A typical isolation period lasts for 10 days after a positive test result. During this time, CHWS encourages you to track your symptoms, rest, and recuperate. Most people can recover at home without being hospitalized, however, if you are experiencing new or worsening symptoms, you need to contact a healthcare provider immediately for further instructions. At the end of 10 days, if your respiratory symptoms have improved and you have been fever-free for 72 hours, your isolation period will end.
It is important to monitor yourself for signs and symptoms of COVID-19. If you develop symptoms of COVID-19 (including but not limited to cough, sore throat, fever, loss of smell or taste), contact CWHS at 253.879.1555 (x1555). If you need assistance on weekends or after 5pm, call the Multicare Consulting Nurse at 253.792.6411 (available 24/7).
If you have severe symptoms and you need emergency medical assistance call 9-1-1. Notify the operator that you are in quarantine or isolation due to a COVID-19 exposure.
Be aware of warning signs for severe complications of COVID-19. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, seek emergency medical care immediately:
*This list does not include all possible symptoms. Please call your medical provider or CHWS if you are experiencing any other symptoms that are severe or concerning to you.
For students in quarantine or isolation, we recommend creating a symptom log to monitor any current or emerging symptoms. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to COVID-19. Here is a Symptom Log Example from the Center for Disease Control (CDC).
If you have a thermometer, we highly recommend you take and record your temperature at least twice a day. Other symptoms that should be recorded in a symptom log include:
If you develop a low grade fever (99०F-102.9०F or 37.2०C - 39.3०C), notify CHWS of this change as soon as possible.
If you develop a high grade fever (above 103०F or 39.4०C), immediately contact CWHS or the MultiCare Consulting Nurse line (Available 24/7: 253.792.6411) for further instructions.
Off-campus students will have a consistent contact tracer who will be checking in with you during your time in quarantine or isolation.
Below are the guidelines the contact tracers will go through with each student over the phone when they first go into quarantine or isolation off campus. Please review and adhere to these guidelines.
We recommend that off-campus students utilize grocery and food delivery services while in quarantine or isolation. Below are a few options near campus.
Safeway, 2411 N Proctor St, Tacoma, WA 98406
Safeway, 1112 S M St. Tacoma, WA 98405
Orders can be made for Safeway’s Grocery Delivery service through Safeway.com. All orders over $35 will have free delivery and you receive $20 off of your first order.
Fred Meyer, 4505 S 19th St, Tacoma, WA 98405
If you have a friend or housemate that is willing and able, Fred Meyer offers a free Grocery Pickup service. While grocery pick-up is contactless, we do not advise students in quarantine or isolation to go to the store themselves. Check out the Fred Meyer website for more details.
If you are experiencing general food insecurity or difficulty accessing food during your quarantine/isolation period, please contact Alonna Mitz (Student Assistance Coordinator) at email@example.com for support.
Fresh air and movement are important for your physical and mental well-being. While in quarantine or isolation, we encourage you to spend time outside safely by doing the following:
Counseling, Health, and Wellness Services provides workshops, groups, and peer support groups to students.
Check the Support Groups webpage for our spring 2021 offerings, group descriptions, and whom to contact to join.
TAO is a program CHWS utilizes for telehealth services. TAO provides students with 24/7 access to a variety of wellness-based learnings modules and workshops. All students have access to TAO at taoconnect.org.
For students searching for an on-campus counselor, contact CHWS at 253.879.1555, Monday–Friday between 8 a.m. and noon, and 1 and 5 p.m. If your call is not answered, please leave a message with your name and phone number. Your call will be returned within one business day. If you do not hear back within the allotted time, it means that there has been a glitch somewhere and you should call back. The staff at CHWS genuinely wants to support Puget Sound students and encourage them to be persistent in advocating for their health and wellness.
For students searching for an off-campus counselor, contact the Student Assistance Coordinator Alonna Mitz at firstname.lastname@example.org and/or complete the Student Assistance Intake Form. To access the form online:
It is imperative that individuals are open and honest with their housemates about their exposure to COVID-19 and their test results. We recognize that there is a stigma around contracting COVID-19, but by being up front about your exposure or possible exposure, you are demonstrating responsibility and compassion to those that you’ve come in contact and everyone that they might have come in contact with. Together we can reduce the stigma surrounding COVID-19 through honest conversation.
If you believe you have been exposed or you have tested positive for COVID-19, it is your responsibility to notify your housemates immediately. All positive test results also need to be reported to Counseling, Health, and Wellness Services, even if the test was not performed on campus.
In general, we encourage students to hold regular conversations with the members of their house about how they would like to respond to COVID-19 as a household. You and your housemates may have differing views about the virus, so it’s important to keep a level head and focus on mutual respect when setting household rules. Adhering to social distancing guidelines, wearing masks, frequently sanitizing hands and surfaces, and reducing the number of people you come in contact with each day will help slow the spread of the virus.
The CHWS staff will work together with you to determine when you may stop living in quarantine. The following guidelines are used to determine when people can finish quarantine, but each timeline may be different. You must fulfill ALL of the following requirements:
The CHWS staff will work together with you to determine when you may leave isolation. The following guidelines are used to determine when people can finish isolation, but each timeline may be different due to symptoms, risk factors, and living circumstances. You must experience ALL of the following:
Please contact Alonna Mitz (student assistance coordinator) at email@example.com with any questions or feedback about this page. We are learning about COVID-19 at the same pace as the rest of the world and would appreciate students bringing to our attention ways in which we can improve this overwhelming experience for everyone.